Rivers and beaches

Toxic algae warning

Swimmers and people with dogs are still encouraged to stay out of water in Te Awa Kairangi / Hutt River from Silverstream Bridge all the way downstream to Taitā Rock, where toxic algae has been spotted.

Toxic algae has also been identified in large amounts outside of the usual monitoring locations: approximately 600-metres downstream from Silverstream Bridge - near Manor Park Golf Course.

We strongly advise no swimming and dog walkers to stay away from these sections of the river until further notice.

Check out tips on how to spot toxic algae on the Greater Wellington website: www.gw.govt.nz/toxic-algae

Toxic algae is deadly to dogs, and can make people sick. Dogs should be kept on leads away from the water, and children should be supervised. There are detached algal mats on the river’s edge at these locations, making them highly risky for dogs. Preventing your dogs from eating toxic algae is better than any known treatment.

If you have been in contact with toxic algae and are feeling unwell see your doctor or ring Healthline 0800 611 116. If you think your dog has swallowed toxic algae, take them to the nearest vet immediately.